Your 2016 Church Goals Should Start Here

The most powerful reason the church is struggling in North America right now is that the church’s way of being in the world does not represent a genuine alternative to the norms of the culture. Nearly every pastor or ministry leader I’ve ever met operates with the assumption that their job is to make their ministry [Read More…]

The MegaChurch is Like An Athlete On Steroids

If the church is the body of Christ, then the megachurch is like an athlete on steroids. Every major city has a bevy of churches drawing between 5k-25k people. To get a body to grow that big leaders have to use some sort of performance enhancer. These things—typically models, strategies, and techniques gleaned not from the gospel or [Read More…]

Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church-Growth Culture – Now Available Wherever Books are Sold

Our society is fascinated with success. The American story is about bigger, better, higher, stronger, and faster. Don’t talk about limits, talk about results; talk about the latest models, strategies, and techniques that will lead us to greatness. This kind of leadership is pragmatic. It asks only one question: “What works?” That’s the American story. That’s [Read More…]

Rev.’s Take on Church Growth – the IED Methodology: A Little Friday Funny

I actually think I might have sat in on this session at one time or another… a touch of reductio ad absurdum  from Fr. Roland Wise can be helpful in terms of helping us to acknowledge just how deeply our faith has been shaped by the American story of bigger, better, stronger, higher, faster. Happy [Read More…]